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Scientists realise kangaroos are left handed

Kangaroos are discovered to be left handed.
Kangaroos are discovered to be left handed. Image by nickliv / CC BY 2.0

A joint study conducted by the University of Tasmania and University of New South Wales and researchers from Saint Petersburg State University have discovered left-handedness in kangaroos. Wildlife ecologist, Janeane Ingram, said it was the first time a marsupial population had been shown to have such a strong preference for one hand. The kangaroos studied showed a left-handed preference 95% of the time. Eastern grey kangaroos, all consistently used their left paw when grooming and bringing objects to their mouth or when leaning on one paw while grazing. Read more: theguardian.com